New bullet takes the sport out of shooting

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What if a military sniper had control of exactly where his shots landed regardless of where he aimed? Regardless if his targets were constantly moving and regardless of forces he couldn’t control like high winds and dusty terrains? With the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system of guided bullets, that might be soon possible.

The Darpa EXACTO 50-caliber bullets are the first of their kind. After launched, the EXACTO rounds can be maneuvered in-flight to change targets using specially designed ammunition and a real-time optical guidance system. The unique system allows for better control and accuracy while it compensates for outside factors like weather, wind, and target movement, according to a video posted on YouTube demonstrating the bullets in live action.

Darpa, the company behind the EXACTO system, says its goal is to give military snipers more control and revolutionize warfare.

The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines,” the EXACTO program’s website says. “The objective of the EXACTO program is to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.”

My commentary.

First race war remains found in Sahara

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“Parallel research over recent years has also been shedding new light as to who, in ethnic and racial terms, these victims were.

Work carried out at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Alaska and New Orleans’ Tulane University indicates that they were part of the general sub-Saharan originating population – the ancestors of modern Black Africans.

The identity of their killers is however less easy to determine. But it is conceivable that they were people from a totally different racial and ethnic group – part of  a North African/ Levantine/European people  who lived around much of the Mediterranean Basin.

The two groups – although both part of our species, Homo sapiens – would have looked quite different from each other and  were also almost certainly  different culturally and linguistically. The sub-Saharan originating group had long limbs, relatively short torsos and projecting upper and lower jaws along with rounded foreheads and broad noses, while the North African/Levantine/European originating group had shorter limbs, longer torsos and flatter faces. Both groups were very muscular and strongly built.”

But wait – if race doesn’t exist, none of these tests can exist!
Or these objective forensics are racist!

Forensics > falsehoods.

Paper: Methods and Assumptions of Research in Behavioral Genetics

Click to access Methods%20in%20Behavior%20Genetics.pdf

Mendelian is…. outdated. Dominant/recessive doesn’t work on the level of behavioural traits we observe, for the same reason there isn’t a “gene for X” as the papers declare, the interactions alone require a great deal of processing power and the outcomes will become clear over the coming decades.
But the gist in this is good.

Gloves leave prints too, criminals

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/3740688/Police-use-glove-prints-to-catch-criminals.html

Protip: Unless you coat it in a thin film of plastic to settle in the cracks of leather over the entire glove, until flat (check with microscope). Then again, if you’re smart enough to do that, you probably don’t require a life of crime.

I suppose this could be a neat way to frame someone.

They can find fingerprints on cash and receipts now

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140528204217.htm

This is why the BoE (Bank of England) is trying to move to plastic-based cash. And they pass microbes better too.

“The technology, which has been developed by Dr John Bond OBE from the University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry, uses a specially tailored UV light source to visualise fingerprints not possible to see otherwise on ‘thermal paper’ — that is, the paper used for shop receipts and for bank statements from ATMs.

Historically, the process of visualising fingerprints on thermal paper has been problematic, as the solvent used in the chemical treatment can colour the dye and turn the whole paper black, rendering thermal paper a ‘problem surface’ to recover fingerprints from.

The new technology developed by Dr Bond counters these issues, making it possible to identify fingerprints on all forms of thermal paper efficiently.

Dr Bond said: “This new technology offers a new way of easily looking for fingerprints on an increasing source of paperwork that criminals are likely to handle when committing a variety of offences.”

Book Review: “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History.”

from WSJ;

“Since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, what is known by geneticists has increasingly diverged from this orthodoxy, even as social scientists and the mainstream press have steadfastly ignored the new research. Nicholas Wade, for more than 20 years a highly regarded science writer at the New York Times, NYT -1.40% has written a book that pulls back the curtain.”